Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events and Programs

The following is a listing of virtual events sponsored by local and national organizations, providing opportunities to get involved, learn more, and help raise awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM):

Friday, October 1, 2:00 PM ET
NATIONAL CALL FOR UNITY: NO SURVIVOR JUSTICE WITHOUT RACIAL JUSTICE
Sponsored by The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NCRDV)

Join NCRDV as they kick off DVAM 2021 by featuring the voices, experiences, and calls to action of Black women survivors and advocates. This year’s call for unity centers on the theme for DVAM 2021, No Survivor Justice Without Racial Justice, and offers an opportunity and invitation to connect, rest, and fully embody this work. With representatives from: National Resource Center on Domestic Violence; White House Gender Policy Council; Family Violence Prevention and Services Program; My F.O.C.U.S., LLC; H.A.I.R, Healthy Actions Intervening Responsibly; and A Call to Men. Learn more and register here.

Wednesday, October 13, 6:30 – 8:30 PM ET
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION: EXPLORING THE INTERSECTIONS OF BLACK QUEER SURVIVORS
Sponsored by Ujima, Inc.: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community

Panelists: Diamond Collier, Executive Director, Black Transwomen Inc.; Melissa Deveraux, Director of Operations, Baltimore Safe Haven; and Romeo Jackson, Political Education Coordinator at BYP 100. Learn more and register here.

Thursday, October 21, All Day
PURPLE THURSDAY!
Sponsored by DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV)

This Purple Thursday, make a fashion statement that really says something: wear something purple in honor of survivors! Tee shirts, masks, scarves, totes, bandanas, eye/nail color, signage – the only limit is your imagination! Post photos of yourself in your purple gear and a message of support for survivors using #PurpleThursday and #SpreadLoveDC. Please tag us at @DCCADV!

Wednesday, October 20, 2:00 PM ET
FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT/ELEVATING LGBTQ VOICES
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control’s Division of Violence Prevention

A live conversation between the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and the National LGBTQ Institute on IPV to elevate the voices of LGBTQ communities and the health disparities they experience related to interpersonal/relationship violence. More information and event link to be posted here.

Thursday, October 21, 6:00 – 7:00 PM ET
STAND UP AGAINST STREET HARASSMENT – BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING (Webinar)
Sponsored by DC Office of Human Rights

The DC Office of Human Rights, Hollaback!, and L’Oréal Paris are joining forces to ensure everyone’s self-worth with our Stand Up Against Street Harassment Bystander Intervention Training. Stand Up uses Hollaback!’s 5 Ds methodology to help people safely intervene when they experience or witness harassment in public spaces. Our goal is to train 2,000 Washingtonians before the end of 2021 and to ultimately build a culture where street harassment is seen as unacceptable behavior. Register here (new window).

Friday, October 22, 12:00 – 2:00 PM ET
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE MARGINS: THE INTERSECTION OF IDENTITY, EXPERIENCE, AND TRAUMA
Sponsored by The Person Center

This webinar, presented by The Person Center, will include an introduction to the diversity among domestic violence survivors, the problem of mainstream perceptions of domestic violence, as well as the disproportionate impact of domestic, sexual, and dating violence on African/Afro- Latino/Afro-Arab/Black communities. This webinar will feature voices from academia, the advocacy sector, and social services. The Person Center (TPC) is a project of Ujima and supports African immigrants who are experiencing or have experienced intimate partner violence, dating violence, or domestic violence, including sexual assault. Learn more and request webinar registration information here.

Friday, October 22, 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET
DEAF POETRY JAM/TRIVIA NIGHT
Sponsored by DAWN

Join DAWN for a DEAF/HOH trivia night and talent show, showcasing performers from across the nation together for one night of amazing performances! Let’s come together for a night of art, fun, and amazing talent! DAWN is a trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and transformative justice-based agency whose mission is to promote healthy relationships and reduce abuse in the Deaf community of the Washington, DC, area through direct services and education. Register here and learn more about DAWN at deafdawn.org.

Monday, October 25, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET
SUPPORTING SURVIVORS OF DATING VIOLENCE: STUDENT RIGHTS, SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS & SURVIVOR VOICES

Sponsored by Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)
Learn about the rights and options available for student survivors of dating violence and the partnerships that make it possible. Learn more and register here.

Tuesday, October 26, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
NVRDC DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
Sponsored by Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)

Join Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC), one of the local off-campus resources for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (and all crime), to learn about their FREE and trauma-informed services for survivors of dating and domestic violence in the District of Columbia. Learn more and register here.

Find more DVAM events and activites:

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) – DVAM 2021 CALENDAR
In honor of survivors, our partners in DC host events throughout the month to highlight healthy relationships and assist advocates as they support survivors navigating dating and domestic violence. Check out the events listed here and on this PDF, and follow the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) on social media for updates throughout the month!

Ujima, Inc.: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community – DVAM 2021 ACTIVITIES & EVENTS (new window)
Ujima’s mission is to mobilize the community to respond to and end domestic, sexual, and community violence in the Black community. We actualize this mission through research, public awareness, community engagement, and resource development. View Ujima’s full list of DVAM 2021 activities and events here (new window).